Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service Follow me on Google+

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecommunications, Silicon Valley, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Apple gets patent for 3-year-old smartwatch design labeled 'iTime'

The patent is for a wrist-worn gadget that has a touchscreen and can communicate with a smartphone

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Under Google's warm embrace, robot maker reduces dependence on military

Boston Dynamics took $31 million in government funding last year, but this year it has had almost none.

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There's almost a million fake apps targeting your phone

Trend MIcro finds hundreds of thousands of fake Android apps in trawl of online stores, forums.

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Why the Apple-IBM deal matters

Times have changed since Apple's '1984' commercial bashing IBM.

The 5 biggest data breaches of 2014 (so far)

Hackers, mistakes, bad security and stupidity are putting your data at risk like never before.

Google, Dropbox and other top tech companies band together to fight patent trolls

A new group seeks to provide its members insulation against attacks by patent trolls

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Murderers, fakers throw bizarre twists in high-tech lawsuits

Two filings in two weeks bring unexpected moments to Silicon Valley high-tech trials

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Uber agrees to limit 'surge pricing' during emergencies, natural disasters

The ride-for-hire service could have faced legal action under New York's price gouging statute, so it quickly changes course.

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Blue Shield discloses 18,000 doctors' Social Security numbers

A mistake left thousands of Social Security numbers in publicly available files

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Breaches exposed 1 in 7 US debit cards in 2013

The Target breach could speed up the switch to chip-based EMV cards, hopefully.

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PF Chang's says breach was 'highly sophisticated criminal operation'

But the restaurant chain still hasn't said how many cards were affected or how the data was stolen

Ericsson hits 5Gbps in 5G labs demo

The first 5G network is expected sometime around 2020 in Japan or South Korea.

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Like other tech giants, Facebook is very white and very male

The company has become the latest in a string of major tech players to disclose employee diversity details

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NASA to send 'flying saucer' on first flight this week

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is a test bed for technology that could be used on a mission to Mars

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10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch

The smartphone kill switch appears to be on its way to every handset sold in the U.S. So what's all the fuss about?